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Puneet Issar

Puneet Issar
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Issar in 2014
Years active1974-present
Deepali Issar

Puneet Issar is an Indian actor and director. He is most famous for his role as Duryodhana in the Mahabharat TV show (1988-1990), and directing Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) starring Salman Khan.[1] His other notable roles are in Border, (a 1997 war film), directed by J. P. Dutta, and second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983.

He started his career with the movie Coolie in 1983. During the filming of an action sequence of this movie, he accidentally injured Amitabh Bachchan nearly fatally[2][3] and suffered the industry's backlash due to it.

Issar participated in the Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss season 8 in 2014-2015.[4][5]


Issar starred as a villain in several movies (over 150 Hindi films and 100 non-Hindi[]) during the 1980s and 1990s, such as Zakhmi Aurat, Jagruti, Kal Ki Aawaz, Palay Khan, Teja, Prem Shakti and many more, which include the Mohanlal starrers Yodha and Pingami; Salman Khan starrers Sanam Bewafa, Chandramukhi and Suryavanshi; Akshay Kumar starrer Aashant and multi-starrers such as Kshatriya. He also played a villain in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ram Jaane. He appeared in the hit war film Border. In 1982 he was involved in an on-shoot incident with Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh got seriously hurt and many blamed Puneet for the accident. He later admitted that he had to face a lot of problems in getting roles in movies due to the notoriety of the incident. Some people even misunderstood that Amitabh's clout might have had affected his career very much, but he clearly stated that this was untrue. He played the role of Duryodhana in the epic TV series Mahabharat (1988-1990), directed by Ravi Chopra. It was this role that gained him mainstream popularity. He along with other actors of the epic TV show often toured the whole of India and even abroad to perform live shows based on the epic throughout the 90's.

He played the Indian Superman (1987 film), a Bollywood version of the Hollywood movies. He played the second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983. Later he did many other horror movies such as Tehkhana in the 1980s.

He also starred in movies such as Krrish, Partner, Aryan, Bachna Ae Haseeno and many more in the 2000s.

He has also directed TV serials such as Hindustani and Jai Mata Ki starring Hema Malini.[5] He has starred in over 12 TV serials such as Junoon, Sahil, Noor Jahan, Vikram Aur Betaal and many more. He has appeared in over 1800 episodes on Indian television. He played the role of King Bimbisara in the feature film Gautama Buddha - The Life and Times of Gautama Buddha. He also starred in Left Right Left of the Indian Channel Sab TV. He has also worked in a number of Punjabi films such as Rab Ne Banayian Jodiyan and in a few Telugu films. He has also given a brilliant display of his acting skills in the mythological film Suryaputra Shanidev, which released in 1997.

In 2004, Issar directed the film Garv: Pride and Honour starring Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in lead roles. The opening collections of the film were good, and overall it was declared "Above Average" at the box office.[6] His latest directorial venture I Am Singh, the story of which is also written by him, released in December 2011. The film did average critically and commercially.

In 2013, Paras Lubricants Ltd signed Mr Puneet Issar as their Brand Ambassador for their range of Automotive Oils and Lubricants.[7][7][8][8][9][9] He also played the role of Parashurama in the recent TV series Mahabharat. He then went on to playing the role of "Daar Ji" in Bani Ishq Da Kalma.

Puneet participated in the Indian TV reality show BIGG BOSS season 8, in 2014/2015. He made it to the grand finale and was one of the 7 finalists. He was evicted from the TV show Bigg Boss season 8 on 3 January 2015. His was the last and final eviction before the season 8 of BIGG BOSS ended and a spin-off series titled Halla-Bol started. Puneet lasted in the house for 105 days. At 56, he was the oldest contestant to do so and last the entire season in the house.

Personal life

Puneet Issar is the son of film director Sudesh Issar. He is married to Deepali, daughter of Punjabi actor Diljit Puri and Bengali singer Ashita Puri, and sister of Satyajeet Puri (famous child star of the 60's, 70's and 80's ). Puneet has two children, a daughter and a son, Nivriti and Siddhant. Other than being a trained actor himself, Puneet has worked as a speech, diction and method acting professor. He also is a trained mixed-martial-artist and is skilled in kung-fu, karate, boxing and wrestling.

Selected filmography


Year Film Role Language
1983 Coolie Bob Hindi
1984 Raja Aur Rana
1984 Purana Mandir
1985 3D Saamri
1986 Janbaaz
1986 Palay Khan
1986 Dahleez
1986 Tahkhana
1987 Pyar Ki Jeet
1987 Hathyar
1987 Superman (1987 film) Shekhar/Superman
1987 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1987 Watan ke rakhwale
1987 Awam
1988 Akhri Muqabla
1988 Zakhmi Aurat
1988 Zalzala
1988 Main Tere Liye
1988 Kasam
1989 Elaan e Jung
1990 Roti Ki Keemat
1990 Tejaa
1990 Jaan Lada Denge
1991 Sanam Bewafa
1991 Meet Mere Man Ke
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi
1992 Kal Ki Awaz
1992 Jaagruti
1992 Suryavanshi
1992 Yodha Vishakha (black magician) Malayalam
1993 Shri Krishna Bhakta Narsi Hindi
1993 Chandra Mukhi Zoohla Hindi
1993 Ashaant Raana Hindi
1993 Anmol Hindi
1993 Khalnayika Hindi
1993 Kshatriya Shakti Singh Hindi
1993 Zakhmi Rooh Hindi
1993 I Love India Tamil
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil
1994 Pingami Edwin Thomas Malayalam
1994 Prem Shakti
1994 Yaar Gaddar Hindi
1994 Samrat Kannada
1994 Kranti Kshetra Hindi
1994 Athiradi Padai Tamil
1994 Chinna Kannada
1994 Rasika Kannada
1994 Cheetah Hindi
1994 Time Bomb Kannada
1995 Ram Jaane Inspector Chewte Hindi
1995 Hathkadi Hindi
1995 Bhagya Debata Bengali
1995 Jallad Bola Hindi
1996 Muqadar Parashuram Hindi
1997 Border Subedar Ratan Singh Hindi
1997 Master Devaraju aka DR, a mafia don Telugu
1997 Suraj Mangal Singh Hindi
1997 Daadagiri Dhanraj Hindi
1997 Jodidar Poacher Hindi
1997 Suryaputra Shani-dev Shani dev Hindi
1997 Krantikari Hindi
1998 Sher-E-Hindustan Police inspector Khulbhushan(father Kranti) Hindi
1998 Chandaal Police inspector Khurana Hindi
1999 Jaalsaaz Pratap Singh Hindi
2000 Refugee Hindi
2001 Zakhmi Sipahi Chhota Chaudhary Hindi
2001 Bhairav Jindal Hindi
2002 Indra shoukat ali khan Telugu
2003 Tagore Telugu
2004 Vajra-The Weapon Hindi
2005 Allari Pidugu Telugu
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Hindi
2005 Kasak Hindi
2005 Narasimhudu Telugu
2006 Aryan Hindi
2006 Krrish Hindi
2006 Rab Ne Banaiyan Jodiean Punjabi
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Hindi
2007 Gautama Buddha Anguli Mala Hindi
2007 Partner Hindi
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Hindi
2008 God Tussi Great Ho Hindi
2008 Satyamev Jayate Bengali
2008 The Wheel of Action Highway Hindi
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De Mele Punjabi
2010 Josh Bengali
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Hindi
2011 Ready Hindi
2011 I Am Singh Fateh Singh Hindi
2011 Chhutanki Hindi
2012 Qayamat Hi Qayamat Hindi
2012 Son of Sardaar Sardar[10] Hindi
2012 Best of Luck Jarnail Singh Punjabi
2012 Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda Marathi
2014 Fateh Pratap Singh Punjabi
2015 Besh Korechi Prem Korechi Bengali
2019 iSmart Shankar Telugu


Year(s) Serial Role Channel
1987 Kahan Gaye Woh Log Doordarshan
1987 Param Vir Chakra Doordarshan
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Maharana Pratap Doordarshan
1985 Vikram Aur Betaal Doordarshan
1988-1990 Mahabharat Duryodhana Doordarshan
1993-1995 Junoon Don Saudagar Singh Doordarshan
1993-1994 Bhagavatam(By Bapu) Ravana ETV Telugu
1994-1995 Sahil Doordarshan
1995-1996 Ghutan Doordarshan
1996-1998 Hindustani Commissioner Sangram Singh Doordarshan
1997-1998 Betaal Pachisi
1999-2000 Jai Mata Ki Mahishasur Doordarshan
1999-2000 Noorjahan (TV Series) Doordarshan
2006-2007 Left Right Left Brigadier Chandok SAB TV
2007 Love Story SAB TV and Sony Entertainment Television
2008 Neeli Aankhen Sahara One
2011 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishn King Jarasandh of Magadh Imagine TV
2011 Kahaani Chandrakanta Ki King Shivdutt Sahara One
2013 Bani Ishq Da Kalma Gurudev Singh Bhullar (Daarji) Colors TV
2013 Mahabharat Parshuraam Star Plus
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant - Evicted on Day 105 on 3 January 2015 Colors
2018 Namune Dhanaji Sony Sab

Director, producer

Year(s) Film/TV Role
1974 Sauda Assistant Director
1974 The Cheat Assistant Director
1977 Khoon Pasina Assistant Director
1979 Mr. Natwarlal Assistant Director
1980 Do Aur Do Paanch Assistant Director
1980 Dostana Assistant Director
1981 Prem Geet Co/associate Director
1981 Commander Assistant Director
1981 Yaarana Assistant Director
1982 Johnny I Love You Assistant Director
1985 Kali Basti Co/associate Director
1986 Jwala Co/associate Director
1987 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai Co/associate Director
1988 Akhri Muqabla Co/associate Director
1996-1998 Hindustani - T.V Series Director
1999-2000 Jai Mata Ki - T.V Series Director
2004 Garv Director
2011 I Am Singh Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer
2015 Born To Be King Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer

Web Series

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2019 Parchhayee Maharaja Digambar Singh ZEE5

See also


  1. ^ "Super cop". The Hindu. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Cirrhosis of liver struck teetotaller Big B after Coolie". The Times of India. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Contracted liver cirrhosis from donor, Big B writes in blog". Indian Express. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "I am praying for him again". The Times of India. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ a b "The producers thought Garv would never release". Rediff.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Puneet Issar - Brand Ambassador for Paras Lubricants". Palco.co.in. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants signs Mr Puneet Issar as Brand Ambassador". onlineprnews.com. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants Ltd". facebook.com. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Time to workout - Indian Express".

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